Sunday, April 06, 2014


Sounds Chinese, but it is actually French. Here's my new Le Crueset pot:
We used it tonight to make some corned beef and it was so delicious and tender! I can't wait to use it again. Maybe next time I'll fill the whole 7 and 1/4 quarts.

Friday, April 04, 2014

March card kit

No photo of the kit because I dug into it as soon as I got it. At least I got photos of the cards before I sent them out.
The birthday stamps are from Unity and the note stamp is from Studio G. I'm posting this for the FWF challenge. Thanks Susan, for a great kit!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Check back in 57 days

I was at a local nursery, checking out some potential shrubs for the backyard, which I didn't end up getting. But I did get these. I started with one, but discovered they were on sale when I went to check out so I got three more.

The little tags say they should be ready in 57 to 80 days. I can't wait!

And I found this volunteer:

Yes, that's my tumble composter.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Fourteen in 2014 update

Well, I'm not doing so well. Can I blame it on my health (had an outpatient procedure and it took more out of me than I expected)? Travel (two trips home)? Work (I'm averaging between 9 and 10 hour work days)? Really, those are all just excuses, so let's just get down to updating.
  1. Write/email/call everyone on my Christmas card list.
    Still working on this...
  2. Blog more often.
    As you can see, I haven't made much progress.
  3. Send at least one card/letter a month.
    Yay! So far, I've sent out a thinking of you and two thank you cards.
  4. Clean up the spare bedroom.
    Err, still working on this.
  5. Turn the spare bedroom into a scrap room.
    No progress on this. I can't even say I'm working on it.
  6. Send two boxes of cards to Operation Write Home.
    No progress.
  7. Go to the gym once a week.
    Yay! I was averaging twice a week, even with getting the slow start in January. Hopefully, I won't be set back too much with getting sick yesterday.
  8. Keep my average weight below XXX and hit the "magic number" at least once.
    Well, January was depressing. I hit a two year high, then that number continued to rise the next two days. But in February, the ounces starting coming off and leveling, so I'm feeling pretty good about my weight right now. I'm sure the huge salads for dinner helped.
  9. Take a one-week vacation away from home.
    This is still in the planning stages (but at least we're thinking about it, right?).
  10. Have a dinner party/crop/event at the house.
    No progress.
  11. Make enough room in the garage to fit a new car.
    Mr. Fix-it is working on this. He found a couple of large items that will be listed on Craig's List or ebay soon.
  12. Attend a crop.
    I was a last minute attendee at a crop in Nor Cal and had a great time. If anyone wants to join me for an overnight crop down here, let me know. 
  13. Make at least six scrapbook pages for my in-laws.
    No progress.
  14. Make at least $500 in extra money.
    Errr, I have good intentions, but haven't done much.
I'll update again when I've made more progress or in another month or so.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Happy New Year!

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Chinese New Year's eve was last week, but since the celebration lasts for two weeks, I figured I had a bit of time to decorate my office. Earlier this week, I made paper fortune cookies using these instructions. All the fortunes are somewhat work related.
They were a big hit! Several disappeared before I could take a picture so I had to make more to bring in and then get my picture.

  • I happen to have a Quickutz 4x4 die with a circle, but you could hand cut your circles.
  • Lighter weight paper (but not as light as Chatterbox) worked better than heavier weight paper (Basic Grey, Creative Imagination).
  • If you use heavier paper, you need extra strong adhesive to hold the cookie in place. Glue dots won't cut it.

Saturday, January 18, 2014


Compare this to previous years:

1/2/12 $3.49
1/8/10 $3.01
1/19/09 $2.09

Monday, January 13, 2014

CHA fun

I'm too tired to post the CHA day 2 photos and commentary (plus there's tons of sneak peeks out there already), but I wanted to share a few fun photos. I'm not into bling, but I did enjoy these.

And these want me to take up knitting and crocheting.

Happy Monday!

When I walked into the office this morning, I found these at my desk. I missed out on the We R Memory Keepers washi/washi tape holder last year, but that's okay because this year's tape has even better designs! A coworker kindly picked this up from the local Costco for me since I'm not a member. My goal is to limit the open rolls to what's in the holder. Let's see how long that lasts.
If I expand my collection, I'll probably go with this idea.

The peanut M&Ms were the last from a giant warehouse store bag that a coworker saved for me. I better donate to the candy fund to keep the goodies coming.